What It Is Used For
- Similar to Affinity Grouping, it is used to group items. However, the grouping is done in a more structured manner; inputs (causes) are categorized to show how they lead to the output (or the effect.)
When to Use It
- To sort independent variables (or causes) into like categories.
- Inputs can often be sorted into 5 categories: People, Methods, Equipment, Materials, and the Environment.
- Sometimes called a Fishbone Diagram or an Ishikawa Diagram.